Workshops, Courses & Events

This page lists events, workshops and courses hosted or sponsored by OIRM.

Can’t make it in person? Some of our events are live streamed on our YouTube channel. Please click on individual listings for more details.

We encourage live tweeting at our events using #OIRMevents.

SMRTS Series: Spreading your ideas- Why and how researchers are talking like TED
Apr 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Have you ever thought of using TED as a platform for spreading your research? Have you ever wondered how a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher could get on TED?

If so, this webinar is for you.

This webinar will give you an insider perspective on how you can leverage TED, even as a graduate student or early career researcher.

You will learn:

  • How researchers use TED to spread their ideas
  • How to plug into TED
  • How to craft a TED-worthy presentation
  • How to spread your ideas beyond the academic community

Register for this webinar here.

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network.

Pitching Science (offered by Medicine by Design)
May 1 all-day

To take a discovery or technology from lab to market, researchers need to be able to persuade investors of its value and market potential.  This workshop will give selected graduate students and post-doctoral fellows the tools they need to develop and deliver an effective and accessible three- to five-minute pitch to secure that crucial first round of funding. This program is delivered by Medicine by Design with limited spaces reserved for OIRM trainees located outside of Toronto.

This multi-day workshop will include:

  • a half-day session focused on developing your pitch and polishing your performance in a small-group setting (maximum 15 participants);
  • two one-on-one 60-minute coaching check-ins via phone/Skype;
  • a rehearsal;
  • a final pitch competition in a safe and friendly environment, facilitated by experienced communication professionals from Talk Boutique.

Toronto based trainees should apply direction to MbD. OIRM trainees located outside of Toronto must complete the OIRM application form and will automatically be considered for travel support. Deadline to apply is April 19, 2019.

Learn more about this program here.

Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease Workshop
May 7 – May 10 all-day

OIRM in collaboration with the Hospital For Sick Children’s CFIT Program are pleased to offer a 4-day hands-on workshop looking at the ‘Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease’. This comprehensive course will cover methods to maintain human iPS cells in culture and the directed differentiation of these cells to epithelial cells suitable as models for the study of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We will discuss and demonstrate important aspects of the workflow, including characterization of patient-derived iPS cells and how they can be used as a model system for the study of CF lung disease.

The course is open to Canadian and International academic trainees with limited space available to industry participants.  Both the CFIT Program and OIRM are providing a limited number of trainee travel/registration awards for successful applicants.

More information about this workshop and travel awards can be found on the CFIT website or download the poster.

Application deadline: March 31, 2019.

For more information on this course, please contact the Program Manager, Paul Eckford at  or Jodi Garner at

Global Speaker Series – Abhay Pandit
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Abhay Pandit, PhD, professor in biomaterials at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Talk title: “Redefining Identity of Disease, Tissues and Cells: A Biomaterials Paradigm.”

Event location: Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, Red Room

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Annual Symposium
May 15 all-day
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Annual Symposium

OIRM’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium is an annual one-day event that brings together scientists, clinicians, trainees, industry, health charities, and government to share advances in the field of regenerative medicine. The Symposium features presentations from some of Ontario’s leading experts, including representatives from OIRM-funded Disease Teams and discovery science presentations highlighting some of Ontario’s most innovative new ideas.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Pete Coffey, PhD. from University College London, the agenda will also include talks from OIRM’s Disease Teams, New Ideas and Fellowship awardees. In addition, to two breakout sessions: Making Functional Models of Disease and Trends for the Future: Moving ES/IPS cells into the clinic.

Travel support provided to support out of town attendees, register by March 31, 2019 to be considered.

Register today. 

Global Speaker Series – Daniel G. Anderson
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Daniel G. Anderson, PhD, the Samuel A. Goldblith Professor of Applied Biology, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

More details coming soon.

Event location: Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th floor. This seminar will also be available by live stream at the time of the event.

ISSCR 2019 Annual meeting
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day
ISSCR 2019 Annual meeting

The ISSCR Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California from 26-29 June, 2019. this four-day program features more than 200 speakers from around the world, demonstrating the excellence of stem cells and regenerative medicine research.

OIRM is offering travel awards to help support trainees attendance at this meeting, please submit your abstract directly to ISSCR by February 6, 2019 to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

Early registration closes March 3, 2019.

NAVRMA Regenerative Medicine Meeting
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day

The annual North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) conference is an important event for the veterinary and translational regenerative medicine community. It supports collaboration between practicing veterinarians and research scientists, offers a venue for sharing the latest information on regenerative medicine, and promotes development of skills and techniques for practicing veterinarians. This meeting also builds on the One Health approach and has significant input from human health researchers for the purpose of better the lives of animals while also gathering important pre-clinical data for the benefit of human medicine.

The 2019 NAVRMA meeting will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake, being the first time this meeting will be held in Canada.

To register and learn more click here. OIRM members can use the promo code OIRM2019 to receive special discounted pricing.

Till & McCulloch Meetings
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day

The Till & McCulloch Meetings are Canada’s stem cell research conference. As the only conference of its kind in Canada, TMM provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with Canada’s leading stem cell scientists, clinicians, bioengineers and ethicists, as well as representatives from industry, government, health and NGO sectors from around the world.

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings will take place in Montréal, Québec, November 4-6, 2019.

Registration is open.  Submit your abstract by July 3, 2019 to be considered for an OIRM travel award.


Early Bird Registration closes on August 14, 2019

Online Registration closes on October 9, 2019

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings are hosted by the Stem Cell Network and CCRM.